Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management student


Upcoming Dates: November 2019 through April 2020

Tuition: $11,250. Tuition includes class materials, daily breakfast and lunch.

With the changing face of medicine today, healthcare professionals are forced to wear two hats: one medical and one management. This certificate brings together world-class faculty and leading business theory to advance the future of healthcare. In the shadow of Houston’s medical center, participants will learn from management experts about the business topics relevant and critical to the healthcare industry and develop skills in a variety of management competencies.

Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine jointly provide a maximum of 72.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Reference the Accreditation/Credit Designation and Notices at the bottom of this page.

Who Should Attend

This certificate has been developed for physician executives and other senior healthcare administrators, including nurse executives, medical directors, and senior administrators:

  • MDs and DOs in significant management and policy positions in healthcare institutions, including senior medical staff
  • PharmDs and pharmaceutical benefit managers
  • Nurse executives (VPs, CNOs, Directors)
  • Division and department leaders and senior administrators in healthcare institutions
  • Healthcare service-line leaders
  • Corporate medical directors and senior staff
  • Senior leaders in large multi-specialty group practices
  • Managed care medical directors and senior staff

All participants should have a background in healthcare, and are currently in a leadership position or expected to take up a leadership position in the near future.

Program Information

Leadership and Teams: Balancing Management and Clinical Skills
November 1 - 2, 2019
Instructor: Brent Smith, Ph.D.
Participants identify their leadership style—how it fits into their workplace climate and culture and influences decision making.

Financial Decision Making and Reporting for Healthcare Organizations
December 6 - 7, 2019

Instructors: Brian Rountree, Ph.D. and Alex Butler, Ph.D. Participants read and evaluate healthcare-related financial statements, as well as discover tools used to evaluate individual operating unit performance.

Strategic Marketing and Patient Management
January 10 - 11, 2020

Instructor: Vikas Mittal, Ph.D.
Participants identify key benefits that affect care and satisfaction issues for different patient segments. They also learn how to understand the financial issues involved in marketing.

Strategy Formulation and Competitive Analysis: Healthcare Perspective
February 7 - 8, 2020

Instructor: Prashant Kale, Ph.D.
Participants learn to develop, evaluate and implement strategies to generate value and durable competitive advantage and growth in their organizations.

Healthcare Process Mapping and Quality Improvement
February 28 - 29, 2020

Instructor: Amit Pazgal, Ph.D.
Participants learn to understand, analyze, standardize and improve critical hospital-based healthcare processes, while improving efficiency and maintaining patient safety and satisfaction.

Negotiating with and Influencing People
April 17 - 18, 2020

Instructor: Jing Zhou, Ph.D.
Participants sharpen relevant skills and practice techniques that can improve negotiated outcomes in a healthcare context. They diagnose their negotiation competencies and styles and also prepare systematically and efficiently to influence colleagues and subordinates through negotiation.

What Participants Are Saying

One month after receiving the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management I was able to apply the knowledge and skills obtained in the Negotiating with and Influencing People module to re-negotiate a 70 percent increase in my next contract which more than returned the investment I made in the course.

Ronald Andrews, M.D.
Physician, Owner Pediatric and Internal Medicine Associates
Woman’s Hospital
The program has broadened my perspective and given me tools and resources to use in my new role. The instructors were top notch with real world and academic experience in their field. The case studies made class discussions engaging.

Shannon McCord, R.N.
Director, Patient Care Services, West Campus
Texas Children’s Hospital

Accreditation/Credit Designation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University. Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 72.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


In order to meet the requirements of the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education, it is the policy of Baylor College of Medicine that all individuals who are in a position to control the content of a CME activity (activity director, planning committee member, and faculty) disclose relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. All identified conflicts of interest are managed to help ensure that the educational material is scientifically based, accurate, current, and objectively presented.  Specific disclosure will be made to the participants prior to the educational activity.

Faculty, topics, program schedule, and credits are subject to change. Audio or videotaping is prohibited without written permission from the Office of Continuing Medical Education, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

It is expected that applicants have their own health insurance valid in the United States. The university is not responsible for medical expenses incurred by participants during the program.



Zoran Perunovic

Director, Executive Education
Brent Smith

D. Brent Smith

Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education, Associate Professor of Management and Psychology – Organizational Behavior
Prashant Kale

Prashant Kale

Associate Professor of Strategic Management
Vikas Mittal

Vikas Mittal

J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Management – Marketing
Alex Butler

Alexander Butler

Professor of Finance
Brian Rountree

Brian Rountree

Associate Professor of Accounting
Amit Pazgal

Amit Pazgal

Friedkin Chair in Management and Professor of Marketing and Operations Management
Jing Zhou

Jing Zhou

Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management and Psychology – Organizational Behavior